The Royal Palace
Palace in Old Town
Museums & Royal residence
The Royal Palace – Sweden’s largest palace offers thrilling history all year around
The Royal Palace, located in the Old Town, is the official residence of HM The King and one of Europe’s largest, most vibrant, and visitor-friendly palaces. While large parts of the majestic palace are open to the public, essential parts of the tasks of the Royal Couple and the representation of the monarchy take place in the historic premises.
Coups d’état, devastating fires, and a succession of rulers have all helped to shape the palace, which is now very popular with visitors. The palace, which was originally a castle, was founded by Birger Jarl in the middle of the 13th century and has an exciting and sometimes colorful history. During the 16th century, both Gustav Vasa and his son Johan III made changes, the latter of which had the castle expanded into a more royal palace, which was given the now familiar name of Tre Kronor.
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In 1697, the burning of Tre Kronor was the beginning of the new and gave rise to what is now recognized as the Royal Palace. The new palace, which was ready for occupancy in 1754, was designed by architect Nicodemus Tessin the Younger and is today one of the showpieces of European Baroque architecture.
The fact that the gates of the Royal Palace – a combination of a royal residence, workplace, and cultural monument – are open to visitors all year round attracts both Stockholmers and tourists to this source of knowledge, fascination, and pleasure.
The palace consists of over 600 rooms – including parade floors, offices, guest rooms, and conservator’s studios. The Royal Palace of Stockholm also houses several attractions such as the Treasury with the royal regalia, the Three Crowns Museum, which tells the story of the palace’s earliest history, and the Representation Apartments with their magnificent parade rooms.
The staterooms are a central part of the palace for both royalty and visitors. The floors consist of the Bernadotte Room, which is used for formal audiences and medal ceremonies; the Banqueting Room, which is the preferred choice for gala dinners, parliamentary summits, and consular functions; the Guest Room, which accommodates officially visiting heads of state; the Hall of State, with Queen Kristina’s silver throne; and the Halls of Orders, with a permanent exhibition on the Royal Orders of Malta.
For those who want to know a bit more, guided tours are offered to visitors in both English and Swedish. Knowledgeable guides let you travel in both space and time by putting the rooms and objects in their historical contexts and telling you in an empathetic way about what happened between the historical walls. Choose between a guided tour of the Representation Apartments, the Treasury, or a family tour of Museum Tre Kronor. And by all means, don’t miss the changing of the guard and the parade of guards in the Outer Courtyard.
Everyone is welcome to the Royal Palace in the Old Town. Not least the children, who will be captivated by the palace’s grand parade floors, the medieval arches of the Three Crowns Museum, and the royal crowns in the Treasury. During the palace’s regular opening hours, there are activities for younger visitors, which are carried out on their own with the help of picture maps. Animal safari or home with…? Find the wild animals hiding among furniture and objects, on walls and ceilings. Or find out which queens and kings have lived in the palace with the help of the map distributed at the entrances. They are all portrayed in paintings and ceiling paintings, in the form of sculptures and miniatures – educational and playful. Of course, school classes are also very welcome. There are special school programs for schools that can be booked all year round, with tours always tailored to the year groups.
The Royal Palace in Stockholm is one of the largest palaces in Europe, with a fascinating history that is reflected in the various parts that are open to the public. There is something for everyone – from monarchy enthusiasts and curious children to history buffs and those who want to take a closer look at royal swords and crowns.
Welcome to The Royal Palace!
One of Europe's largest and most vibrant royal palaces
Learn from knowledgeable and dedicated guides
Plenty of halls and beautiful artifacts to last several visits
The Royal Apartments and the museums are open daily. Check the website for more info!